Original Jamaican Curry Chicken Recipe

original jamaican curry chicken recipe
original jamaican curry chicken recipe
original jamaican curry chicken recipe

My name is Elena, and I am a Chef Master. I have been cooking for over 20 years, and I have always been fascinated by the unique flavors of Jamaican cuisine. Today, I want to share with you my favorite recipe for Jamaican curry chicken – a delicious and spicy dish that is perfect for any occasion.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Recipe Category: Main Dish
  • Recipe Cuisine: Jamaican
  • Aggregate Rating: 5 stars


  • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons Jamaican curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the curry powder, allspice, black pepper, and salt. Add the chicken pieces and toss to coat.
  2. In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, thyme, and scotch bonnet pepper, and sauté until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken pieces to the pot and brown on all sides, about 5 minutes per side.
  4. Add the chicken broth and coconut milk to the pot and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water. Add the mixture to the pot and stir to thicken the sauce.
  6. Serve the curry chicken over rice or with roti bread.

Nutrition Information:

Nutrient Amount per Serving
Calories 400
Protein 30g
Fat 20g
Carbohydrates 25g
Fiber 3g


  • Q: Is Jamaican curry chicken spicy?
  • A: Yes, this recipe is spicy. Adjust the amount of scotch bonnet pepper to your liking.
  • Q: Can I use boneless chicken for this recipe?
  • A: Yes, boneless chicken can be used, but the cooking time may be shorter.
  • Q: Can I substitute the coconut milk with regular milk?
  • A: No, coconut milk is essential for the flavor of this dish.


1. Jamaican curry powder can be found at most specialty food stores or online.

2. If you can't find scotch bonnet pepper, habanero pepper can be used as a substitute.

3. For a milder version of this dish, remove the seeds and membrane from the scotch bonnet pepper before chopping.

Enjoy this delicious and authentic Jamaican curry chicken recipe! It's sure to become a favorite in your home.

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